Belgium beat Croatia 1-0 in the final warm-up match before the European Championship. The only goal was scored by Romelu Lukaku.
Croatia had a better start. They had an exceptional field advantage in the first 10 minutes, but they didn’t create any chances during that time, and Belgium quickly took control of the situation. In the 31st minute, she almost scored, Lukaku received the ball brilliantly, blocked next to the Croatian defender, pulled her left foot to the ground and hit the crossbar. The ball then bounced back to Carrasco, who hit the crossbar with a header.
Belgium’s better game came to fruition in the 38th minute, and the Croatian team conceded again at halftime. The danger after the corner kick was not well cleared, followed by the second pass, which brought new problems to the defense. After a lot of rebounds in the penalty area, Denayer headed towards Lukaku and hit a close range. There is nothing wrong with Livakovic’s goal.
In addition to the wonderful introduction to the game, we did not see the performance of the Croatian team in the first half. Livakovic’s hip shot in a duel made another worry, but after giving help, the Croatian goalkeeper was still ready to continue the game.
Croatia did not start badly in the second half. Attempt to insert Vrsaljko and Guardiola for the first time, but the Belgian goal was again not in danger. The home team had a good chance in the 52nd minute. Mertens had a poor shot from a dangerous position after a cross from Castagne.
Until the end of the game, Croatia controlled the ball, but the goal was not seriously threatened. Dalic tried to bring vitality to the game through triple changes and the introduction of offensive players Klamarić, Vlasic and Passaric, and later Brekal and Olsic, but failed.
Belgium could have secured the victory in the 88th minute, but Livakovic first blocked Lukaku’s header with excellent defense and then prevented his second attempt. Brecarlo won Croatia’s best chance of the game in the 91st minute, but his brilliant shot from 12 meters was saved by Courtois.
Croatia ended its preparations for the European Cup with a defeat. The next game of the national team is Sunday, they will play against England at Wembley.